Food and drink preferences dictate where we choose to holiday even if it’s subconsciously.
Wine lovers will feel at home in France, vegetarians might travel to India or Sri Lanka, while seafood aficionados will stay near the coast. What we eat and drink is a huge part of any trip, but more and more of us are making it the main focus of a getaway. Here are four food festivals around the world worth travelling to in 2019.
Gourmet Fesztivál, Budapest, Hungary
When: May 16th-19th
The theme for this year’s Gourmet Fesztivál in Buda is dumplings, caviar and Champagne,
showcasing the best of Hungarian gastronomy. Daily entrance fee of around €15 includes various food and drinks samples, plus a Spiegelau wine glass. Meet some of the best local chefs, Hungarian wine producers, artisan cheese and ice cream makers. Run over four days in Millenáris Park, expect to see cooking shows and attend workshops such as Szása Nyíri caviar expert and chef spill his caviar making secrets and Balla Mama preparing her traditional Alföld-style dumplings. Children under 14 are free of charge when accompanied by an adult. Wheelchair accessible.
Maine Lobster Festival, Maine, USA
When: 31st August-4th August
Held over five days in Rockland on Maine’s coastline, there’s a parade, cooking contests and live country music to keep you entertained in between feasting on locally caught lobster. Think lobster rolls, lobster mac ’n' cheese, lobster bisque, lobster filled risotto balls, lobster wantons or just plain hot steamin’ lobster with melted butter: you name it they’re cooking it. Don’t miss the coronation of the Maine sea goddess, the Big Parade on Rockland Main Street and the Steins and Vines tasting event showcasing Maine-made brews, wines and spirits. Tickets $1-8, children under 12 go free.
The Big Feastival, Cotswolds, England
When: 23rd August-25th August
Closer to home, with a jam-packed line up of food and fun, the annual Big Feastival on Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds has something for everyone. DJ BBQ, James Lowe and Jodie Kidd are on this year’s chefs line up and for music, expect to see Jess Glynne, Elbow and Fun Lovin’ Criminals. From knife skills for adults to the Little Kitchen cookery class for kids, pop up restaurants such as The Cheese Bar Experience and a killer street food line-up including Carcass and Crepe Kings, you will truly be spoiled for choice. Day tickets from £62, kids under 12 free. Weekend camping £180, kids £40. Disabled access.
Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
When: 28th August - 1st September
Experience the best of Danish gastronomy and Nordic cuisine over the course of the festival across the city during the largest food festival in Scandinavia. Between the Cooking Scene stage and the Foodlab at Festival Square, you can enjoy talks, live podcasts, workshops and events for the kids. You can purchase individual tickets for each event but there are also free outdoor gatherings. The Cooking in the City event also runs from 23rd August to 1st September. A full programme is published on 4th June.